HP's webOS: Top Contenders to Buy the Palm Operating System
Amazon.comThis online superstar has been mentioned by more than one expert as a potential buyer of HP's webOS. But with its Android-based Kindle Fire ready to ship, does that really make sense? Or maybe Amazon would eschew Android for the chance to own its own all-in-one software-to-hardware integrated device.
Just a year after it bought Palm and its webOS for over a billion dollars, HP announced plans to discontinue offering smartphones and tablets based on the webOS platform. Many thought that was the death knell for the webOS platform. But wait. A whole bunch of companies are reportedly interested in buying webOS from HP. Some experts say webOS's extensive patent portfolio makes it a worthy investment for companies embroiled in the complex world of patent lawsuits. Others speculate that it could be turned into an underlying OS for some other platform or device. In any case, here's a look at the potential buyers of webOS.